68 and All That - Housmans events - throughout May

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68 and All That - Housmans events - throughout May

Just to add what Housmans are up to, in conjunction with All That...


As an official partner to the ‘1968 and All That’ conference and book fair, and as a fellow traveller in the wider ‘All Power to the Imagination’ series of ’68 events happening across the country, Housmans is hosting a number of talks and book events throughout May to help explore 1968 and its legacies.
For more information on the range of ’68 related events taking place, please visit:
Refreshments are served at all events in Housmans Bookshop.

1. (book launch/talk)
Saturday 3rd May – 5pm
Lou Rowan - Fiction for Justice

Housmans are very proud to welcome celebrated American author Lou Rowan to London for the UK launch of two new pieces of fiction, the novel ‘My Last Days’ and short story collection ‘Sweet Potatoes’, as part of the Housmans ‘1968 and All That’ season.

As well as introducing his latest work, Lou Rowan will be recalling his experiences of radical publishing in the late 60’s – work that he continues to do in editing the journal of experimental writing, ‘Golden Handcuffs Review’.

2. (poetry readings)
Wednesday 7th May – 7pm
Torriano Poets for Peace

Keeping the spirit of ’68 alive, Torriano Poets for Peace will be hosting an evening of the best in peace poetry and song. This month’s session will feature contributions from Valeria Melchioretto, Hylda Sims, Dan Kennedy, and songs from Eric Levy.

3. (party)
Friday 9th May – 7pm ‘till late
The Official ‘1968 and All That’ launch party

We invite you and anyone you care to bring, to come down to the official ‘1968 and All That’ launch party. There will be plenty of ’68 music, film, drinks and guests.

In conjunction with the ‘1968 and All That’ conference and book fair.

4. Sunday 11th May – from noon till 6pm
Housmans ‘1968 and All That’ after party

Housmans will open its doors for an informal chance to meet up with drifting guest speakers, and watch ’68 films, playing throughout the day. In conjunction with the ‘1968 and All That’ conference and book fair.

5. (book launch)
Tuesday 13th May – 7pm
Rebel, Rebel with Bibi van der Zee

Journalist and activist Bibi van der Zee launches ‘Rebel, Rebel – The Protestor’s Handbook’, an easy-to-use handbook designed to turn any concerned citizen into a successful activist. If all that’s holding you back is a feeling of “what difference can I make?”, then this book will shake you out of your apathy once and for all. But if all that’s holding you back is uncertainty about what you can do or say without landing yourself in jail, you’ll find jargon-free explanations of your legal rights, as well as inspiring interviews with veteran campaigners.

6. (talk)
Wednesday 14th May – 7pm
Psychogeography with Merlin Coverley

A chance to take part in an informal Q&A with Merlin Coverley, and explore the importance of psychogeography across the decades. Merlin is the author of the indispensable guide to the subject, ‘Psychogeography - the pocket essential guide’ (Pocket Essentials, £9.99), available at Housmans now. And also look out for Merlin in June when he will be back at Housmans talking about his latest book ‘Occult London’.

7. (book event/talk)
Thursday 15th May – 7pm
“We will not fight!” with Will Ellsworth-Jones

To mark International Conscientious Objectors' Day, Will Ellsworth-Jones will be talking about his WW1 book ‘We Will Not Fight’. Through the amazing story of the Brocklesby family, Will Ellsworth-Jones looks at the history of conscientious objection in World War I, recounting the experiences of the men who took a stand despite being stigmatised, vilified and even sentenced to death, although later reprieved. This book also considers the men's lasting legacy.

"A tragic story of how cruelly conscientious objectors were treated in the first world war." Alexander Chancellor, The Guardian

8. (zine launch)
Saturday 17th May – 5pm
Savage Messiah

Bringing the ’68 spirit of imagination, confrontation and psychogeography into the present, the Savage Messiah collective launch the latest issue of their cult zine. Savage Messiah launches are always a road block, so arrive early to avoid disappointment!

9. (talk)
Wednesday 21st May – 7pm
Esther Leslie on Walter Benjamin

Professor of Political Aesthetics at Brickbeck, Esther Leslie will be discussing the radical influence of Walter Benjamin on the activists and thinkers of 1968.

Esther has written a number of books on Benjamin including ‘Walter Benjamin, Overpowering Conformism’ (Pluto Press, £16.99), and ‘Walter Benjamin – Critical Lives’ (Reaktion, £10.95) as well as translating ‘Walter Benjamin: The Archives’ (Verso, £16.99).

10. (talk)
Wednesday 28th May – 7pm
Nick Heath on ‘68

Nick Heath will be giving us his take on the events of 1968 from an anarchist perspective.

11. (talk)
Friday 30th May 2008 - 7 pm
'68, '78, '88: From Women's Liberation to Feminism

In May 1988, this groundbreaking anthology of Women's Liberation history was published, to mark the 20th anniversary of the May events. To provide an antidote to the male domination of other commemoratives activities, the book gathered 35 feminists of different ages, classes, and cultural backgrounds to reflect on their journeys over the preceding two decades.
Tonight, Amanda Sebestyen, editor of the anthology, will be discussing with Rebecca Johnson, Jane Wibberly, and other contributors to the anthology, their thoughts on their original contributions and their personal and political developments of the subsequent 20 years.

12. (film screening)
Saturday 31st May 2008 – 6pm
Peace News presents ‘Investigation of a Flame: A Documentary Portrait of the Catonsville Nine’

Peace News will be introducing and screening ‘Investigation of a Flame’, an intimate, experimental documentary portrait of the Catonsville Nine, who on May 17, 1968 chose to break the law in a defiant, poetic act of civil disobedience by burning service cards with homemade napalm – a much celebrated action at the time. The film will be introduced by Martin Newell from the London Catholic Worker group.


Event information

Housmans Bookshop
5 Caledonian Road
King's Cross
London N1 9DX
Tel: 020 7837 4473

Drinks will be available.

All events are free.
Nearest tube: King's Cross

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